Posts tagged ‘Beauty’

December 24, 2010

Elegance Makeup’s Hot Holiday Series Pt. 1: 5 Great Stocking Stuffers for Under $30

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru

Seasons Greetings to all & to all a happy shopping adventure! Still need to find those great last minute stocking stuffers that are both budget worthy & unique? Well you’re in luck! This season, try stuffing a few stocking with 5 great gift ideas for that glamorous makeup lover…all for under $30!!!

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e.l.f. Essentials Large Get the Look Sets

$7 | Dramatic Eyes | Purple Perfection | Basic Brown

With the e.l.f. Essentials Look Sets, you can be your own makeup artist! Each one of the collectors Look Kits has an on hand resource instructional guide and products to create a complete professional look in no time. Comes in 3 Look Set collection colors & styles!

Includes:

– Mascara

– Eyeliner Pencil

– Eye Shadow Brush

– Natural False Lashes with glue

– Pencil Sharpener

– 2 Eye Shadow Applicators

– 3 Eye Shadow Pots
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BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette

$29.95 | 1st & 2nd Edition

Check out the review online at: www.enchanted-elegance.com/videos–tutorials.html

BH Cosmetics offers a 1st & 2nd Edition 120 Eye Shadow Palette that are an absolute makeup lovers must-have! Each palette consists of highly-pigmented colors that are made to last morning to night. The 1st Edition consists of six mix-and-match colors, true onyx and ruby shades, cheerful emeralds and lavenders. The 2nd Edition consists of classic emerald, sapphire shades and brilliant rubies and golds. Each palette edition comes in a 9” x 6” portable black hard case with two tier layers.

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Steelo Cosmetics Lip Stick

$12 | 12 Shades

Check out the review online at: www.enchanted-elegance.com/videos–tutorials.html

Featured in Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, the Steelo Cosmetics lipstick collection are moisture & vitamin enriched, come in 12 long lasting shades and glide on with a sparkling pearl finish. Great stocking stuffers for anyone!

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Revlon Fantasy Lengths False Eyelashes

$3 – $5 | Flirty | Defining | Intensifying

Revlon’s line of Fantasy Length False Eyelashes are a great way to instantly transform any natural look to fantastic! They are self adhesive, so there’s no messy glue required and they stay where you want them to.

Includes:

– 1 pair of eyelashes

– 2 extra adhesive strips

– 1 applicator

– Bonus eye defining brush

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Sephora Collection: Color Wand For Lips

$10 | Nymph | Siren | Muse


Sephora’s Color Wand for Lips Collection contains 6 mini lip glosses in a delicious mango scent, that are joined together in an uniformed wand. Simply twist & apply. Each lip gloss has its own small jar and brush applicator. The Color Wand’s slender size is perfect for easy carrying, purses & offers a great selection of color options. Mix and match glosses to create unique shades.

What do you think of my selections? If you have any other suggestions I’d love to read about them in the comments section. Be sure to read part two which talks about the six steps to achieve the perfect smokey eye – you don’t want to miss it!

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance ones beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

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December 3, 2010

2010 Holiday Beauty Report by Elegance Makeup

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru

The holidays are upon us & that time has come! “What am I going to wear?” Yes, you may have your outfit already picked out & awaiting its red carpet grand appearance but what about achieving that red carpet photo ready look? No worries! Your 2010 Holiday beauty report is here! Here are your top beauty report products that are sure to make your holidays a little brighter!

~ Elegance Makeup ~

 

LIPS

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· Food-proof lip color with a built-in, ultra-conditioning topcoat

· One-step application- No topcoat required for comfortable wear

· Stays comfortable and wears beautifully for up to 12 hours

· Does not feather or fade; no touch-ups required, even after meals

· Available in 20 full-coverage, soft satin shades

EYES

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· Features sultry neutrals, shimmery lavenders and luminous aquamarine shades

· Highly pigmented colors made to last from morning to night

· Comes in a smooth 9” x 6” portable case

FACE

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· Oil-free medium-to-full-coverage

· Flawlessly covers skin imperfections while remaining invisible

· Creates a soft-focus effect

· Leaves a flawless finish complexion that can withstand bright or harsh lighting

· Comes in 25 shades

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· Creates poreless, airbrushed skin in any light

· Contains photochromatic pigments that bend and reflect light to erase every flaw

· Complete, yet undetectable coverage

· Soft, luminous finish

· Oil free

· Fragrance free

· SPF 20

SKIN

clip_image010Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

· A serum that visibly reduces dark spots, age spots, and traces of acne past

· Lightweight, layerable

· Evens skin tone

· Notice results in as little as four weeks

· Appropriate for all skin types and ethnicities, even sensitive skins that may not tolerate other skin tone treatments.

TREND WATCH

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· Masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin

· Invisibly smooth complexion

· Skin feels soft as if resurfaced

· Apply on shadowy areas such as under the eye, and on the least smooth areas: the forehead, the sides of the nostrils and around the mouth, to stop lipstick from running.

· Incredibly effective at disguising wrinkles and pores

· The combination of soft, light powders gives a matte look and a silky finish.

· Its silicone oil makes the easy to apply and it leaves no greasy residue

· Used alone or under foundation

· Perfect base for foundation.

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· Neutralize a shade simply apply its complementary shade – green reduces the appearance of red, giving the skin an even tone.

· Apply the primer in little dabs on red patches, work it into the skin

So there you have it! My 2010 Holiday Beauty tips to make your Christmas and New Year festivities happy and bright – and dare I say sexy! Would you add (or take away) from this list? Share your suggestions in the comments below. Be sure to check out my video tutorials for reviews of these and other beauty and skin care products by visiting http://www.enchanted-elegance.com/videos–tutorials.html.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ELEGANCE MAKEUP!

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance one’s beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

November 19, 2010

Ready to Party: Glamorous Holiday Makeup Looks

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru

Holiday makeup should be glamorous with color and sparkle. Here are a few holiday prep tips for achieving your perfect holiday look.

~ Elegance Makeup ~

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Silver-Gold Eyes

Try adding a touch of silver or gold on your eyelids. Apply the shiny silver or gold at the base of the lid, then apply a thin layer of black to the perimeter of the eye along the lash line and smudge. Go back with the silver or the gold to create a gradation.

PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS:

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo

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Lots of Lashes

What better way to amp up your look than with long, lush lashes. You can either achieve this through the use of mascara or false lashes. Double coat mascara & apply natural to bold dramatic lashes for that red carpet stand out flutter!

PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS:

Cover Girl Lash Blast

Revlon Fantasy Lengths False Eyelashes

MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara

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Bold Lips

Bold or red lips are always chic and look especially festive during the holidays. Whether you go red or not, lip stains are also a must if you want a bold lip color to last and it won’t rub off during holiday parties. You want to choose a color that flatters your skin tone. Use cherry for pale complexions, coral for olive, or either color for dark skin. The goal is to look pulled-together, not overdone.

PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS:

Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick

Mark Kissink Lip Tintmarker

Revlon Colorstay Lipstick

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Blushed Cheeks

The holidays are great for a rouge cheek with a dose of the right blush. Try these shades for your skin tone.

Fair Skin – when applied with a light hand , hot pinks give fair skin a beautiful, natural look

Medium Skin – Coral looks gorgeous on all skin tones, particularly on warm, medium complexions

Dark Skin – Use shades with bold, true pigments, such as really vibrant orange or fuchsia

PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS:

NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

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Glittery Eyes and Lips

Glitter is what is going on this season. For a fun holiday look, mix glitter with a deep blue or burgundy eye liner. A smoky eye is always nice, and glitter sticks to cream so you won’t have to worry about it coming off. Thick, noticeable glitter in place of more traditional shimmer gives the look an edge.

PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS:

Cover Girl Smoky Shadow Blast

Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder

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Shiny, Nude Lips

A natural-looking pout is definitely practical and can be sexy too, especially if you add lip liner and high-shine. Lining with a lip-tone color gives fullness to the mouth. Holiday makeup should feel glamorous and playful! A shiny lip will enhance an everyday look in seconds. Nude, glossy lips go with everything. It is an effortless look that can take the bare faced beauty to full-on glamour instantly. On the catwalk you may find nude lips paired with polished make-up and sleek hair, or chic waves and subtle shimmer to give it a beach vibe. For a party look, pale, glossy lips are excellent with smoky eyes or with high-color on cheeks and eyes.

PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS:

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick

Whether you’re going for subtle holiday hostess or bold vibrant diva, any of these are sure to give you your star worthy holiday makeup look that will surely get you noticed!

Have your own tried and true holiday makeup tips? Share them in the comments below.

 

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance one’s beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

October 15, 2010

9 Bad Habits That Stand Between You & Great Skin

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru

Nice SkinWe are all guilty of them. Sometimes we even do them unknowingly. But these nine habits are ones that can stand between you & having great skin. Are you guilty of these?

 

~ Elegance Makeup ~

 

1

 

Touching Your Face Throughout the Day

 

** RESULT **

Acne breakouts & rash irritations

 

 


2

 

Using Oily Hair Sprays & Pomades

 

** RESULT **

Oils leak onto the face – causing acne breakouts

3

 

Stress

 

** RESULT **

Causes pre-age wrinkles & frown lines

4

 

Wearing Oil-based Makeup & Moisturizers

 

** RESULT **

Clogged pores

 


5

 

Not Enough Water

 

** RESULT **

dehydrates skin, causing it to become dull

 

drink 8 to 10 ounce glasses per day to hydrate skin & flush impurities

6

 

Lack of Fruits & Vegetables

 

** RESULT **

Not eating several servings of fruits & veggies each day causes the body & skin to lack essential vitamins & antioxidants that protect skin cells & promote anti-aging

7

 

Sleeping in Makeup

 

** RESULT **

 

Clogged pores & slows down the body’s proper skin renewal & restoration that takes place while you sleep

8

 

Skipping Sunblock

 

** RESULT **

 

Sun damaged, dry, pealed or cracked skin conditions (especially in the fall & winter months)

9

 

Skipping Professional Advice

 

** RESULT **

 

Seeking proper dermatologist insight to treating breakout & skin care may help prevent future eruptions.

 

How many of you out there have subscribed to some  – or all – of these bad habits? What did you do to break free of them? Please share your experiences below. 🙂

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance one’s beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within.
Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

October 8, 2010

7 Essential Fall Skin Care Tips

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru

Autumn Skin Care

It’s time to cure summer damaged skin! The gentler climate of fall is a perfect time for much needed repair that can set you on your way to a flawless winter complexion. Visible results of summer skin damage include extreme discolorations, premature aging, wrinkling and dryness. Proper care can mean the difference between healthy skin and dry flaky skin. ~ Uhuru/Elegance Makeup ~

 

 

#1 – DO: MOISTURIZE DAILY

If you want to keep dry skin at under control, you MUST hydrate your skin on a DAILY basis. The best time to apply your lotion is right after you’ve dried off after your shower or bath because it seals in the     moisture that have already been absorbed into your skin.

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#2 – DON’T: STOP USING SUN PROTECTION

Despite the lack of sun, you still need to exercise caution when it comes to protecting your skin from UV rays. Winter doesn’t necessarily signal a break from sun exposure because UV rays penetrate clouds and overcast skies, and reflect off water, cement, sand, and snow. Common sites of skin cancer lesions are the areas of the body that endure year round exposure, such as the hands, face and ears. Continue using SPF rated products.

#3 – DO: PROTECT YOUR LIPS

Start moisturizing early to prevent cracked & chapped lips this winter.

Dr. Bronners Organic Lip Balms

#4 – DON’T: DON’T LICK

When all possible, avoid licking your lips. If you do, you’ll only chap your lips even more. Keep a lip balm in your purse and apply frequently or when tempted to lick your lips.

#5 – DO: TRY OIL-BASED SCRUB

I think oily based scrubs are perfect for fall and winter because you are getting the exfoliating benefits with the extra bonus of hydrating oils. And when it comes to oily scrubs, the choices are endless! You can     find scrubs that have a lot of oil swimming on top all the way to scrubs that are more of a solid consistency.

Brown Sugar Body Polish from Fresh

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#6 – DON’T: FORGET ABOUT YOUR FEET

Because your feet are going to be stuck inside boots for months to come, it’s important to take care of them and exfoliate them on a regular basis. That way, when the time comes, you’ll have no problem popping back on your sandals with no shame. Scrub your feet 1-2 times a week and you’ll enjoy soft feet that won’t snag your sheets.

#7 – DO: INVEST IN CUTICLE OIL

One sign of cold weather is dry cuticles. Many times your regular hand cream isn’t heavy-duty enough to tackle dry cuticles. By investing in cuticle oil, you can quickly take care of the cracked skin. Simply apply oil onto your cuticles and rub in. Do this a couple times a week for best protection.

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These are some of the products and tips I use to prepare my skin for the harsh winter months ahead. What do you do to keep your skin glowing when Old Man Winter comes calling? Share your personal tips or ask questions in the comments below!


About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance one’s beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within.
Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

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September 10, 2010

Dispelling Makeup Myths Part II

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru
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Back in July, makeup guru Uhuru Freeman of Elegance Makeup offered her insight into several makeup myths. Today, she continues to provide the truth behind what is and what isn’t good makeup practices. So – let’s get to it!

Myth # 1: Warm, yellow tones of foundation are the most flattering


TRUE:

This is true if you have yellow-toned skin. Pink-toned skin should wear pink-toned foundation.     Foundation needs to match your skin perfectly. Always test color on your jaw line, so that you can compare to both your face and your neck. Wearing foundation which does not match your skin tone will result in a mask-like appearance. Foundation is designed to look like flawless skin, not foundation.

Myth # 2: Concealer should always be lighter than your foundation


FALSE:

Concealer has many uses and its tone depends on its use. Use a lighter-toned concealer for under eye

circles to counteract the shadow and cover blemishes using a similar tone to your foundation.

Myth # 3: Blush is for adding color, not definition


TIE:

It can be used to add warmth to your face, shape and contour, enhance cheekbones or make your face

appear thinner. More neutral cheek color tones can also be used to contour other areas of the face,

such as the jaw line, temples and the sides of the nose.

Myth # 4: You should never pluck hairs from the top of your eyebrows


FALSE:

Plucking stray hairs on top is fine, however, I recommend that you do not stray too much from their

natural framing arch.

Myth # 5: You must always wear foundation


FALSE:

You do not ‘have’ to wear foundation, let alone apply it to your entire face. It can be simply used to

cover up a few blemishes or smooth out skin tone in certain areas. Apply it where you feel you need

it and blend well. If the foundation tone matches your skin well enough, you won’t have to smooth it

over your whole face. For a strong coverage, apply it to the entire face.

Myth # 6: You cannot wear eyeshadow the same color as your eyes

FALSE:

Contrasting colors do make your eyes stand out more, but that does not mean that blue eyes cannot

wear blue eyeshadow, for example. Here are some ideas for contrasting eyeshadow colors to try:

Brown eyes: turquoise, mauve/lilac, purple, gold, bronze, silver

Green/Hazel eyes: dark blue, purple, mauve/lilac, silver, turquoise

Blue/Violet eyes: gold, bronze, copper, pink, peach, chocolate

Myth # 7: You are either a ‘cool’ or a ‘warm’ colors person


FALSE:

Anyone can wear any color, anytime. If you are thinking about trying new makeup colors, try

softer tones or apply just a hint at first. For example, if you would love to wear bright purple

eyeshadow, but are afraid to take the plunge, try wearing a little mauve or lilac at first and build it up

until you feel comfortable with more color.

Uhuru is always available for personal or group consultations. Be sure to visit her site or email her with all your beauty and makeup questions.

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance one’s beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

February 16, 2010

Beauty is Skin Deep…Or is It?

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
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Are we obsessed with beauty?

Hola TVP Fam!

I was just reading a post about the Psychology of Beauty and thought I’d share it with you. Here’s an excerpt:

Beauty as a product of culture and society – This is an accepted fact. The concept of beauty seems to change with time as society changes and the perception of beauty varies in different cultures. Dark skin is considered very attractive in Western societies and whiter skin is considered as attractive in Eastern societies, because of the element of novelty in both the cases. Feet and hair of women are important features in Eastern cultures whereas in the West, the woman’s lips, and hips are considered important. The breasts of women are important indicators of beauty in all cultures and men’s body and chin or jaw and certain masculine sharpness are also considered as attractive. Studies have indicated that women however tend to prefer dominant looking men during the first follicular stage in their reproductive cycle but prefer men with softer more feminine features when they are in their menstrual and ovulation stages. This may have some evolutionary advantage as men with feminine soft natures and faces are considered as more stable and more family oriented than men who have extreme masculinity or a sort of raw appeal. This is however too generalized and there are individual differences as well.

How do you,as a curvy lady or real gent, perceive beauty? Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is it something purely physical or does it tread deeper than that? Let’s talk!

Keeping it Curvy,

Michael

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